Updated: Nov 25, 2019
Like going to the gym, or finding time to read, putting conscious effort into your writing is usually one of the first things to disappear from the day planner.
Balancing catching up with friends and family after 9 months of travel, working hard to pay the bills, and maintaining focus on the adventure of starting my own business has kept me going nonstop.
I was pouring a glass of wine for a friend at the spot where I moonlight as a bartender when he said something that hit home:
“This entrepreneurship game is lonely.”
There was much more to the conversation, but even lacking context this sentence is worth a second look.
I see myself as a perfect balance between artist and professional, and this is how I’ve aligned my business.
Defining this has provided clarity that’s sent my productivity through the roof, but it's also come with the realization that both fields can be very solitary by nature.
But this story isn’t a sad one.
I wasn’t good at working for others. Even when I was fulfilling my duties and learning on the job, I always longed for more. The team mentality, especially when the team is full of great people, can offer a really fun work environment.
But these fun times can often lead to comfort, and comfort kills creativity.
Since going independent, I’ve been constantly inspired to chase new ideas without having to stifle my insatiable curiosity.
While remaining conscious of how I’m spending my time, I now have the liberty to make time for the things I value, and things that will help me continue to learn and grow.
I’m all by myself on this one, and it finally feels right.
Alone, Not Lonely
We’re all human, and while entrepreneurs have chosen the path of the solo adventurer, we still need people in our corner.
At this infant stage in my business, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to join a group of fellow small business owners and creatives that truly understand how I approach my work.
They just get it, because their level of passion matches my own.
While they’re engaged in very different projects than mine, this common ground is already allowing these relationships to flourish.
Idea sharing, mutual backscratching, and sometimes just the ability to vent goes a long way when you’ve been wrapped up in your head 14 hours a day for weeks on end.
No matter the world you work in, your network goes a long way.
Thankfully, I know some amazing people, and I’m looking forward to working with them even more in the future.